from where we made a few brief visits to
one of them being to take the plane for a three week trip to
After Vietnam we came back to China to work and travel; went to England,
and then came back to China to work and travel again.
The consequence is
that some, but not most of the travel guides for 2000 were the same as
A great book. We bought it
1999 and continue
to use it.
(Nine Flower Mountain)
is one of the five famous mountains of China, but to western tourists it
is probably the least famous.
A small town, it sits at about 600 m below
Town and ridge are filled with Buddhist temples.
Places of Historical Interest
or to give it its current name, Xian, is an ancient capital of China; actually
of the central region of what became China.
It was the start and terminus
of the silk road.
And long before that the site of a pre-historic village.
We first visited Xian in 1984.
In our October, 2000,
we found it vastly different.
well known for the terracotta warriors which are 30 km east.
Not so well
known are dozens of other temples and historic sites, some in town and
some rather far out.
Both of these
books were good supplements to LP
we made a five day
River cruise, going up river.
This is slower than sailing downstream,
The high point of Wuhan is the very beautiful temple, Yellow
through the boat ride one comes to the site and construction work of the
Three Gorges Dam a
shortly thereafter to the Gorges themselves.
Stone Buddhist Scultures
Buddhism came to China from the west, along the silk road.
All along the way from the Turkestan desert in the west of modern China to
there are caves and grottoes with Buddist sculptures.
When we decided to
we had no ideas that we would be so impressed.